HMS Tyne

HMS Tyne (P281)

HMS Tyne typically operates in the UK and NE European waters carrying out Maritime Security tasks, protecting the UK’s interests and remaining ready to carry out marine enforcement.

The first of the Royal Navy’s original generation of River Class ships, HMS Tyne has been serving the nation since the summer of 2003.

One of the busiest ships in the Fleet, HMS TYNE and sister ships MERSEY and SEVERN protect the integrity of UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Territorial Seas.

The Ship’s Company operate a watch rotation system that enables very high availability for operations. HMS TYNE is affiliated with the borough of North Tyneside.


Facts & figures

Facts & figures


Total displacement

79.5 metres

Total length

20+ knots

Top speed

Our skills

Our skills

  • UK Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Security – regularly patrolling the Atlantic, North Sea and English Channel, from north of the Shetlands to far out into the South Western Approaches.

  • Meeting the public at events across the UK and in Europe – more ports are open to River-class ships than the larger frigates and destroyers. HMS Tyne regularly flies the flag in these less well-visited areas.

  • Providing a training platform for navigation courses – Royal Navy Warfare Officers prepare for their Officer of the Watch examinations all over the Fleet, but the OPV is particularly well suited to developing the next generation of maritime leaders. Fleet Navigating Officers require intensive training and assessment at sea to be ready for duties, and HMS TYNE provides an agile and efficient training platform.

  • Tracking foreign warships through the UK area of influence – HMS TYNE safeguards our seas and territorial integrity, often in partnership with Allies, and is able to provide intelligence and surveillance as needed.

  • Ready for the unexpected – HMS TYNE can be called upon to support Search And Rescue (SAR) or Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) tasks.


Our operations

Current operation

Maritime Security


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Our base

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Hugo Floyer

HMS Tyne's role

  • Our principal mission is to conduct Maritime Security and Marine Enforcement Operations throughout the UK’s Territorial Seas and Exclusive Economic Zone.
  • Rotating her crew periodically, Tyne is almost constantly at sea in home waters, making her ideal as the eyes and ears of the Navy around the UK.
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